Eric Pickles praised the professionalism and courage of Fire Brigades across the country in saving lives and fighting fires during the disturbances of the last few nights.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government travelled to Edmonton Fire Station to personally thank fire fighters there and hear firsthand about the challenges they faced across their community and in bringing a number of significant blazes under control.
Mr Pickles also praised the tireless efforts of local Borough Commander Richard Mills, who was in charge when the disturbances began at the weekend and who has remained involved throughout, maintaining relationships with local residents and acting as coordinator with local authorities in Tottenham.
Eric Pickles said:
“The professionalism shown by all fire-fighters across the nation over the last few days has been outstanding, and I would like to thank all of them for their efforts.
“Fire crews have carried out their duties in the face of shameful criminal behaviour of rioters, who have physically attacked the very people protecting their homes and communities from arson.
“We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their tireless work protecting lives and communities and I can honestly say we have a fire and rescue service of which we can be rightly proud.”